Clemens Pleads Not Guilty
Pitcher to fight charges of lying to congress
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 30, 2010 3:37 PM CDT
Pitcher Roger Clemens leaves federal court in Washington, Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, after pleading not guilty to charges of lying to Congress about whether he used steroids or human growth hormone.   (Evan Vucci)
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(Newser) – Seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens pleaded not guilty today to charges of lying to Congress about whether he used steroids or human growth hormone. When asked for a plea, the retired pitcher said in a clear voice: "Not guilty, your honor." Clemens and all-time home run leader Barry Bonds could both begin their day in court next spring, turning the spotlight back on MLB's long-running drug scandal just as it opens the 2011 season.

Clemens appeared in federal court only a few blocks from where he swore under oath to a House committee in 2008 that he had not used performance-enhancing drugs; feds' disbelief in that testimony led to the charges he faces. If convicted, Clemens could be looking at up to 30 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines. More likely would be 15 to 21 months in prison—and a hugely diminished shot at the Hall of Fame.

 

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